Turkmenistan, Bangladesh mull co-op in energy, transport
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, March 10
By Huseyn Hasanov – Trend:
Turkmen Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov has met with Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Shahriar Alam in Ashgabat, the Turkmen Foreign Ministry said in a message.
“The sides noted the role of visits at the highest level, as well as the role of cooperation between the foreign ministries of the two countries,” the message said.
The parties discussed issues of cooperation in energy and transport, economy, investments, agriculture, chemical industry and science.
Among the priority areas, the sides mentioned cooperation as part of international organizations, primarily the UN and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
Shahriar Alam invited Rashid Meredov to take part in the Council of Foreign Ministers of the OIC, to be held May 5-6 in the city of Dhaka.
Bangladesh, as it was reported earlier, is studying opportunities to join the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project, which is being developed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Turkmenistan’s biggest field Galkynysh will be the raw materials source for the TAPI project, the implementation of which started in December 2015.
Turkmen gas will help to meet the growing energy consumption in India and Pakistan, where the demand may increase twofold until 2030. Also Turkmen gas will help eliminate the permanent deficit of energy resources in the transit country, Afghanistan.